As we move through our days of increasing sunlight and the brown  begins to change into the verdant green of spring, this is just a reminder that age is just a number and a gentle encouragement to keep following your active way of life as long as you are fit.  These  two gentlemen, who raced in the 2021 Nordic Loppet held in early March have done just this.  85 years young, Phil McKean, skied 25 km on March 6, reported that he had been skiing since the thirties, not since he was 30, but in the 1930s when he first put skis on.  He continues to keep active and celebrated his birthday this year with a son who traveled across the country to ski with him.  On Sunday, March 7, Carl Walker, 80 years young, gave a great performance skiing the 25 km race.  He has been traveling from his home in Pennsylvania to race here since the trails center was located up near the airport. That first race, he flew in to the Rangeley Airport and  was thrilled to be able to fly in and see the trails he would be racing on the following day. .

As a way to cope with Covid challenges, this year’s loppet was held on two both days of the first weekend in March allowing for a more spread out field of skiers.  Precautions were taken to do  outdoor registration and  groups of racers started in waves to keep numbers spread out.

Carl Walker

Phil McKean

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